WCF President welcomes athletes to Sochi
Ahead of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013, World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, offered a message of welcome to all athletes who will be participating in this year's event.
On behalf of the World Curling Federation, it is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championship in Sochi, Russia.
This event is the first World Curling Championship to be held in the new ‘Ice Cube’ Curling Center, built for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games which will be held here in Sochi in 2014. One of two test events to be held here, this is a fantastic opportunity to experience a world class curling venue ahead of the Games. I hope that many of you will return to represent your nations in the Paralympics here next year and success at this event will have a significant impact on qualification prospects.
This is also the first World Wheelchair Curling Championship to be held in Russia. Coincidently, we are welcomed by the current World Champions, Russia, who excelled in last year’s World Wheelchair Curling Championships in Chuncheon, South Korea. Their success comes at a time when interest in wheelchair curling continues to grow throughout the world as the Paralympic Games approach, and I’m sure next year’s Games here in Sochi will be a catalyst for continued growth in this discipline.
We thank our Russian colleagues and partners for the tremendous support they have provided to ensure that this International curling event is successful and look forward to their warm hospitality throughout the event.
We would like to wish all athletes good luck and good curling.
President of the World Curling Federation